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The next day our braves began the arduous
task of breaking the wild horses to the halter.
They used the Indian method, which Is very
simple and methodical. While four men held on
to a stout rawhide rope which was noosed around
the animal's necks another man would approach
the horse's head gradually, 'talking horse3 to him
and making many queer motions and sounds as he
went nearer.

sHorse talk5 is a low grunt which seems to
charm a horse and make Mm stand perfectly still
for a moment or so at a time. It sounds like
€Hoh-—Hob3, uttered deep down in one's chest.
The horse will stop his rough antics and strain
motionless on the rope for a few seconds; while
he Is doing this and looking straight at the
approaching figure3 the man will wave a blanket
at him and hiss at him—'Shuh! ShuhP It
takes about fifteen minutes of this to make the
horse realize that the man Is harmless; that no
motion which he makes, no sound that he utters^
will harm him In any way.

It is a strange fact that a wild horse, of either
the ranch or the open ranges., will not react to
quiet kindliness at first. He must first be treated
gruffly—but not harshly—and then when he is on
a touching acquaintance with mans kindness Is
the quickest way to win his affections.

When the man has reached the head of the

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